Lauren

Better Not Pout

Recently, while allowing myself a rare hair appointment, I read an article about the many traits and habits of highly successful individuals.  One of the most common traits is resilience- something that is, I believe, a learned response to adversity.  Our very nature is to throw a fit, pout, and stomp our feet when something …

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ready to add something back to your life that gives you joy?  Me too.  I’ve missed baking! I have been doing a low-carb diet recently, so I made a low-carb cheesecake for Thanksgiving.  Pumpkin cheesecake is one of my favorite varieties (though I have never met a cheesecake I didn’t love). Leave it to me …

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Changing the Mindset

“True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to not build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.” -an excerpt from this article about true self-care. Now, you might be hard-pressed to find someone who likes salt baths and chocolate cake more than me…but Brianna Wiest (author of above …

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Label Makers

How do you define yourself?  Most of us define ourselves by our roles at home, careers, relationships/orientation, faith, etc- there are thousands of ways to define ourselves.  But let’s be real for a minute: they are all labels.  They may describe you, but they do not define you.  You are more than a label.  We …

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A Note to Self

Interacting with other people is, inherently, very complicated.  To be in community with others can be both a blessing and a curse; let me explain.  Not everyone you meet is going to be “for” you.  This realization, for me (a habitual people-pleaser) was a difficult one.  No matter how hard you try, there are going …

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In A Heartbeat

This was my life, just a few years ago.  It was a turning point, a moment to inspire change.  I submitted this essay to Medical Economics, but it was not accepted.  It still meant the world to me.  In A Heartbeat January 2017 There is nothing quite like a health crisis to make you reassess …

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